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Poster: jonc Date: Dec 4, 2008 11:43am
Forum: web Subject: Re: Wayback is like a thief

Santtu, privacy and proprietorship are both very fuzzy on the Internet. It evolves around things such as social networks and self-gratification, file sharing and instant downloads, government surveillance and tracking.

If you don't restrict your site to members, you are leaving your information open for millions to see, warts and all. I often copy and paste copyrighted articles and images for my own personal use, and sometimes distribute these to friends and associates. Is this infringing? Maybe. There are ways to prevent this from being done, but it is your responsibility.

Occasionally people suggest that the Archive ask for permission before crawling websites. This would not be feasible. Contacting millions of webmasters would be a immense task, and many either don't provide contact information or don't reply to the information they provide. This task could take years, and during that time many new websites would spring up, while many others would be taken down and lost forever.

I am glad things worked out for you Santtu, but anytime you take on a new pursuit such as a website, you need to do research, and keep up to date on changes affecting your work.